HDR cc welcome
HDR must be an acquired taste. From my vantage point it looks as successful as most other attempts. Unfortunately, most seem artificial to me. Perhaps it is because both the foreground and the background have such high contrast, there really is no softness to support the subject. In this particular example, I kind of like the highly sharpened bridge but there seems to be a halo around it from too much processing. Toning down the sky might help. Just my cuo (completely uninformed opinion).
It seems OK.. but..
It's lacking something.
It's neither fully HDR nor is it 'not-a-HDR' (it's a bit of both).
I think it's because the front-most pillars are not HDR-enough, and the middle seems bland, like there's no 'punch'.
HDR is an acquired taste, and I think this could be a very good HDR picture..
If I might, here's a fake hdr..
Sorry to belabour the point, but I also noticed something else:
You might find it's a better picture if you framed the side and top fully - the left side shows the pillar edge, the right hasn't.. it's a little unbalanced.
I like it but I find the light background distracting. It seems the focus is the vanishing point at the far end of the bridge but my eyes are drawn to the lighter areas on the left and right. If you can reduce the halo and burn those areas a bit it might improve things.
I quite like this image. HDR is v interesting and tends to capture a high contrast scene the way your eye and mind imagine it, IMO. I'd much rather look at this image the way it has been processed than with a blown-out sky. I like the reflected light on the underside of the supports also.
How did you process this?
(I love the idea of the D5100's 2-shot HDR function, though I seem to be in the minority here.)
I quite like the shot but I find when tone mapping a colour picture you have to be very careful not to make it look un-natural. This shot may just gets away with it but personally I would reduce the effect slightly or go B&W.
I would also go round the edges with the burn tool to reduce the halo effect.
Thanks. i took 3 exposures under this pier and processed it with hdr efex pro (just used one of the default settings) and lightroom. but think i'm going to go back and dodge the halo effects around the pier.
Nicely done. Reminds me of this shot here at Coney Island: